Cardiff will revert to their traditional blue home kit with immediate effect.
Club owner Vincent Tan announced the news on the club’s official Twitter account, with the traditional colours set to be worn in the Sky Bet Championship match at home to Fulham on Saturday.
Tan Sri Vincent Tan has confirmed that our home kit for the remainder of the 2014/15 season will change to blue, starting v @FulhamFC.— Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC) January 9, 2015
In two further tweets, the club said:
Tan Sri Vincent Tan has also confirmed that #CardiffCity will wear a blue home kit and red away kit next season.— Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC) January 9, 2015
— Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC) January 9, 2015
Cardiff manager Russell Slade, speaking before the change had been confirmed, described it as a ``giant step'' which will allow them to sustain future success.
Tan called a meeting between Cardiff officials and supporters on Thursday night to discuss the controversial rebranding exercise which resulted in the home kit changing to red in 2012.
Tan’s move came on the back of a record low Cardiff City Stadium crowd of just over 4,000 for the FA Cup third-round tie with Colchester, planned anti-red protests and the threat of thousands of season tickets not being renewed.
There was unanimous support at the meeting for the club to abandon red and revert to their traditional blue colours with the bluebird crest replacing the dragon as Cardiff’s primary emblem.
“People were able to say what they thought and they said it an eloquent and intelligent way,” said Slade, who attended Thursday’s meeting at the Cardiff City Stadium.
“It was received very well from everyone at the football club and I thought it was a giant step.
“If ever that was a big step that was it and it would be nice if we were in blue on Saturday. This is a fantastic opportunity to build a new platform and put the bricks in place to rebuild and start again.”
Cardiff have slipped to 12th in the Championship after going five games without a win but Slade believes changing the colour and the crest could provide the momentum necessary to make a charge for the play-offs in the second half of the season.
Cardiff later published a statement from Tan on their official website.
He said: “To paraphrase John F. Kennedy, ’Let us never compromise out of fear. But let us never fear to compromise.’
“My wish is to unite and make the club successful and in order to achieve this I fully support the board’s decision to implement the following changes:
“Starting from Saturday, January 10 2015 and until the end of this season, our home kit shall be blue. Our away kit shall be red. I would like to thank the Football League for their approval to facilitate my request.
“For the 2015-16 season, Cardiff’s home kit colour shall be blue. Our away kit colour shall be red.
“The challenge ahead for us is enormous and I truly believe we will overcome these obstacles as a united club. I believe with divine blessings, Cardiff City Football Club will achieve great success.”